What would you say is the #1 advantage retro games have over modern games?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by jDSX, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. jDSX
    OP

    jDSX *pokes*

    Member
    914
    1,407
    Jun 15, 2015
    United States
    Happy furry land with Lucar
    (Sorry for that long title)
    For me personally, it's the lack of online capabilities. There are so many games nowadays that have most, if not all of the gameplay focused online, and that feels very temporary to me. Online servers are always going to go down eventually, whereas retro games are permanent and will be just as playable in the current decade as they were in the '80s and '90s. In a few years certain online focused games are going to be literally unplayable.
     
    Tomato Hentai and cvskid like this.


  2. VinsCool

    VinsCool Insecure

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    VinsCool is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    11,499
    26,890
    Jan 7, 2014
    Canada
    Another World
    The lack of day one dlc and actual content without being used as beta testers for rushed games.
     
  3. DKB

    DKB FUCK OFF

    Member
    1,233
    1,155
    May 29, 2015
    United States
    New York City, Manhattan
    Cartridges. :^)
     
    B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N likes this.
  4. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,823
    16,509
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    A lot of them are pick up and play, and you can play for five minutes or five hours.
     
  5. RPG_Lover

    RPG_Lover Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    56
    12
    Aug 23, 2010
    United States
    No updating - being able to go from power on to playing within seconds
     
  6. ric.

    ric. Drivin' to meme country

    Member
    792
    907
    Sep 17, 2015
    Peru
    They're fun.
     
  7. Catastrophic

    Catastrophic Perfectly Normal

    Member
    698
    507
    Apr 28, 2012
    Somewhere
    Lastability. Many old consoles still work perfectly fine due to more simple and robust hardware. Modern consoles aren't so lucky. :unsure:
     
    Tomato Hentai, cvskid and jDSX like this.
  8. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,188
    8,941
    Nov 21, 2005
    Depending upon where you draw the line of retro (I am old so calling the N64 retro is not something I do) then the games are but a few hundred kilobytes, maybe up to 16 megabytes at most, which means they can be stored via non crap distribution methods (oh 500 megs, enjoy the awfulness that is mega or this torrent, oh 2 megs well it is on our nice direct mirror) and other than the Amiga most emulators function standalone without any issues and probably have a load of nice features. I start with PS1 or N64* and then I get BIOSes, plugins, emulator config, hardware issues (oh no your little netbook does not have proper opengl/updated directx, meanwhile I would already be playing streets of rage or something), general incompatibility issues, I will possibly lack features I consider standard elsewhere and newer consoles are worse still. Nothing insurmountable but I like my convenience in these cases.

    *of course I would not want to play an N64 either as most things that matter on it got remade in far better form elsewhere and are borderline unplayable today, even with the fancy texture packs and frame rate hacks.

    To that end the ability for them to be insert and go from a USB drive is their biggest advantage for me.

    On pick up and play then percentage wise it is lower but it is still doable today for me, and most games I care to play will need a hour or more long session anyway.
     
    Tomato Hentai likes this.
  9. Logan Pockrus

    Logan Pockrus Knawledge is key.

    Member
    1,338
    1,020
    Jan 1, 2016
    United States
    Developers still cared about producing quality content. They couldn't just rush the game out and push an update a few days later; games had to be finished and as close to perfect as possible before their release date.
     
    Bubsy Bobcat and Tomato Hentai like this.
  10. CeeDee

    CeeDee Heya!

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    CeeDee is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    3,783
    5,272
    May 4, 2014
    United States
    You can rom hack them all you want and make all kinds of mods. Just look at all the stuff that's been done with Super Mario World!
     
    Tomato Hentai likes this.
  11. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    9,477
    4,687
    May 27, 2016
    United States
    New York
    ALL CONTENT IN GAME

    Also CHEAT CODES


    and GAME GENIE, GAMESHARK, ACTION REPLAY, CODE BREAKER

    last but not least, DEBUG MODES!

    [​IMG]

    Can't do that on your wii u huh? :D
     
  12. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,823
    16,509
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
     
  13. Logan Pockrus

    Logan Pockrus Knawledge is key.

    Member
    1,338
    1,020
    Jan 1, 2016
    United States
  14. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    9,477
    4,687
    May 27, 2016
    United States
    New York
    Nor do we speak of this game either. :creep:

    That NINTENDO SEAL OF QUALITY DOWN THERE IS A JOKE :angry:

    [​IMG]
     
    Bubsy Bobcat and Tomato Hentai like this.
  15. jDSX
    OP

    jDSX *pokes*

    Member
    914
    1,407
    Jun 15, 2015
    United States
    Happy furry land with Lucar
    http://www.saveshaqfu.com/ :(
     
  16. Logan Pockrus

    Logan Pockrus Knawledge is key.

    Member
    1,338
    1,020
    Jan 1, 2016
    United States
    No rule is without its exceptions. Now, this came from a time of (generally) great games. That console had a very large library, from what I remember. However, this game truly is...something else.
     
    Sonic Angel Knight likes this.
  17. Rockhoundhigh

    Rockhoundhigh Man with a mission

    Member
    436
    209
    Apr 2, 2011
    United States
    Southern California
    For me I think it's the speed at which you grasp the game's mechanics. A lot of games these days take so long to get started for the sake of story or trying to ease in the player that second playthroughs can feel like excruciating slog fests because the developers just don't know how to let you play the game.
     
  18. jDSX
    OP

    jDSX *pokes*

    Member
    914
    1,407
    Jun 15, 2015
    United States
    Happy furry land with Lucar
    Baldur's gate says hi
    Neverwinter knights says hi
     
  19. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    9,477
    4,687
    May 27, 2016
    United States
    New York
    :creep::creep::creep::creep::creep::creep::creep:



    [​IMG]
     
  20. Logan Pockrus

    Logan Pockrus Knawledge is key.

    Member
    1,338
    1,020
    Jan 1, 2016
    United States
    Unrelated to my prior posts, I'd also like to say that old games are more difficult (yes, that's an advantage). I'm sick of playing games that aren't challenging enough.

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    My opinions are being CHALLENGED! :cry: